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ERIC Number: ED439383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 11
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A.A. and Counseling: Conflict or Opportunity?
Benson, Robert K.
The greatest focus in alcoholism treatment research today is matching client to treatment. Consistent with this research direction, this paper describes a survey completed by members of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) regarding their assessment of AA as a treatment. It looks at the self-reported behaviors of AA members and compares these actions with program recommendations. In addition, it investigates the attitudes of AA members about other treatments and about AA itself, and seeks to identify areas of difficulty experienced when AA members address each of the 12 steps of the program. This paper reports that AA is a sufficient treatment unto itself for some people, but at least 23% of subjects felt that they required adjunctive treatment. Strong compliance with the program was demonstrated by responses to questions on whether or not subjects considered themselves alcoholics and whether or not they regularly attended meetings. Almost half the members had undergone the setback of drinking again, yet resumed their attempts at recovery. It notes the need to investigate the reasons why people in AA experience a high attrition rate. (Contains 34 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada